Welcome all to 2015! Here’s hoping it is going to be another spectacular year for music and wishing you all the best for what is to come.
To celebrate new beginnings, new sounds and global collaborations we have an episode lined up fit for the new year – filled with gems from all corners of the world. This episode see us feature two brilliant compilation albums released on the cusp of 2015: De Gulden Snede Vol. 3 from Amsterdam collective INI Movement and fellow global-digital crate diggers Cassette Blog‘s 4th anniversary album ‘Expedicion de Ritmos‘. You can listen below and find more information on the two albums and a full tracklist after the mix. Enjoy!
INI Movement have done it again. They have gone and blown our minds with another selection of diverse and quality music from producers you quite likely never heard of but now wish you had of. Celebrating the Amsterdam label / promoter and generally lovely collective’s 20th release, De Gulde Snede Vol. 3 features 19 tracks focussing on some the up and coming Dutch electronic sounds represented by the likes of Prace and Umoja alongside a few guest slots from the global family, including names like iZem.
INI Movement are not pinned down by genre (though you might call it ‘electronic explorations’), this is, in their words, “quality and feel über everything” and the album “a mesh of sounds seamlessly woven into a holistic entity by the underlying sense of soul embodied in the individual tracks.”
Cassette Blog is one of the biggest Spanish language outlets showcasing the new trends, sounds and releases in the global music family, pushing the sounds mixing folk with modern electronica but also focussing on digital trends, art and innovation. Celebrating its 4th year this year the blog released another series of brilliant and very ambitious compilations at the end of 2014 featuring some of their favourite artists whose music has graced their page over the past few years. This mix includes a number of tracks from the latest compilation curated by Alfredo Araujo, Andrés Oddone and Pablo Borchi including tracks by familiar names from the South American scene such as Sidirum, Chancha Via Circuito, DJ Reaganomics, DJ Tide and Sr. Chancho.
The album is (amazingly) available for free download and you can grab it here.
Antionio Hernández and Camilo Lara could be described as the modern-day dons of Latin music. The two producers better known as Toy Selectah and Mexican Institute of Sound have helped shape, globalise and drive the evolution of modern Latin American music. From the advent of digital Cumbia to subtly infusing modern-day Pop with Latin roots and sounds, the influence of these two can be felt on dancefloors and charts all over the world. Under the name Compass, the two have now combined forces on a project celebrating and championing global sound. It is in their words, the duo’s “PhD thesis on global music production”.
Two continents, ten cities, 50 musicians and 20 authors: the Ten Cities is an initiative funded by the Goethe Institute that explores and juxtaposes the club scene of global metropolises from Africa and Europe. At the heart of this music project is the question, what would happen if these scenes, their sounds and the artists behind them were to meet head on?
Splashes of colour, indigenous patterns, forests, rivers and sunshine, two traditional dancers dressed in white and red – the video for JWCM’s Cumbia de Piedra is a beautiful audio-visual impression of the producer’s native Colombia.
The leaves are turning orange and the cold is setting in in Amsterdam so time for our first autumnal episode of Rhythm and Roots. There is so much great music coming out at the moment that this was a tough one to pull together. A refined selection of music old and new (or sometimes new meets old) from Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia, Portugal, Ecuador and beyond!
Over the past ten years the international music media has sporadically raved about the latest bubbling scene from the ‘hip’ city of the moment, be it Montevideo, Bogota or Buenos Aires. These days when we talk about modern, underground Latin American music it’s not about disparate pockets or unconnected scenes but a thriving, diverse, border crossing movement of cross-pollination and global interaction. How we view traditional Latin American music has been turned on its head and these developments are having reverberations across the world.